Karo Sambhav and producer partners felicitate Bengaluru schools for their contribution

Bengaluru, February 21, 2018: Karo Sambhav, a Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO), engaged in developing and implementing responsible electronic waste (e-waste) management solutions across India, organised a felicitation ceremony at the Global Indian International School, Heggondahalli Village, in Bengaluru today. The event was organised in conjunction with the successful culmination of the four-month-long school programme aimed at building awareness and inspiring students towards recycling of e-waste.

TheProgramme enabled by principal partners Apple, Dell, HP and Lenovo aims tocreate awareness among students on critical environmental issues like Wastefrom Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), preventive environmentalstrategies, and inspiring them to take actions in their daily lives. Otherpartners of the programme include M-Tech, Savex, and Supertron. Karo Sambhavhas partnered with International Finance Corporation (IFC), a part of WorldBank Group, to build sustainable e-waste solutions for India with a focus onawareness generation, capacity building and knowledge exchange.

Talkingabout the Programme, Pranshu Singhal, Founder, Karo Sambhav, said,“Students are the foundation of tomorrow, and our mandate is to not onlysensitise them on the need for responsible e-waste management, but also toenable development of 21st century skills. We have designed the program byemploying contemporary pedagogical practices to teach skills likecollaboration, critical thinking, creativity, communication, ICT competenciesand real-world problem solving.”

Ronojoy Guha Sircar, Consultant, IFC,encouraged the students on their achievements and said, “Students are our e-waste program’smost important ambassadors for positive change because of their genuineinfluence and the number of people they reach through their families andfriends.” 

Designed forstudents from class 5 to 10, the programme was carried out in 25 schools inBengaluru. During the felicitation ceremony students, teachers and schools wereawarded under 5 categories. The Global Indian International School was awardedfor maximum e-waste collection of 82 kg. It was awarded the Best SustainableSchool and Best Community Outreach Programme. The Global Indian InternationalSchool and Navkis School jointly won the Best Execution of Toolkit. The GlobalIndian International School and Oakridge International School were both awardedthe Social Media Champ.

In order toincrease the efficacy of the program, the curriculum of the program wasdesigned as a toolkit of 6 exercises to enable development of participatingteachers’ competence and to empower them to provide enriching practicalexperience to the students. Also, the awards were given based on thecontinuous field visits, and communication established with the participatingschools by Juana Technologies Pvt Ltd, the execution partner of Karo Sambhav inBengaluru.

Under theprogramme Karo Sambhav has engaged with almost 1000 schools across India overthe span of a year, in alignment with the State Education Departments, and theState Pollution Control Boards.

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